♥ Best of the Web ♥


Advertising Collection (Duke Libraries Digital Collections)Collections such as Ad*Access (with categories like Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda, 1911-1955); AdViews (thousands of television commercials, 1950s-1980s) and the like.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to improve care for patients.

AGRICOLA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)
Over 5 million records from around the world in two databases: books (monographs, serials, multimedia, reports, and online content) and journal articles. Agriculture, animal-veterinary sciences, plant sciences, forestry, farming, food, human nutrition, earth and environmental sciences. Databases searchable separately or together. Updated daily. [National Agricultural Library]

AIDSinfo (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, HHS)
Access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, treatment, prevention, and clinical trials.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting (Library of Congress and WGBH)
Preserving for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years. Audio and video, more than 17,000 clips. Curated collections include the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and the right to protest.

American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Resource for population, housing, economic, and geographic information.

American Indian Film Gallery (U. of Arizona)
Historical motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the American Indian experience. Organizes titles by tribes, linking to films for more than 100 tribes.

Annenberg Learner
Access to many educational video programs including film series on art, literature, math, science,  history, and the like.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
Access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.

Archive-It: Web Archiving Collections
Collections resulting from the Internet Archive’s subscription archiving service. Over 5,000 collections from over 600 organizations. Examples: Climate Change and Environmental Policy (Stanford University), Contemporary Composers (Ivy Plus Libraries), Human Rights (Columbia University), Rio Grande Watershed.  Some collection sources are school students or municipalities.

The Aria Database
Information about opera and operatic arias. Includes sound files and translations.


Bibliotheca Palatina (Heidelberg U)
The most important collection of books in the 17th century Holy Roman Empire, the Bibliotheca Palatina, was divided between two principal locations: Heidelberg and the Vatican. As of 2018, Heidelberg University has completed digitization of Rome’s Palatini Latini.The final goal is a complete virtual reconstruction of the Bibliotheca Palatina.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”

BioMed Central
OA academic journals in health sciences.

British Book Illustrations (Folger Shakespeare Library)
“Extending Access to 17th-Century Visual Culture”. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to digitize and index 10,000 woodcut and engraved illustrations in British and English-language books.

British Film Institute National Archive
British film, TV, newsreel, educational, and training films.

British Library Sounds (British Library)
An extensive collections of unique sound recordings from all over the world and covering the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife, environmental sounds.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Access to databases, articles, and journals on all areas of transportation.


 Cancer Statistics Center
A comprehensive interactive resource for learning about cancer in the US. Produced by the American Cancer Society, the website provides detailed statistics on a range of topics.

Center for American Women & Politics (Rutgers, Eagleton Institute of Politics)
Leading source of scholarly research and current data about women’s political participation in the United States.

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Keep informed and updated on the impact of federal and state budget policies on low- and moderate-income citizens. Non-partisan. CBPP is a non-partisan research and policy institute founded to analyze policies whose goals are to reduce poverty and inequality and restore fiscal responsibility in equitable, effective ways.

Chekhov’s Short Stories (ibiblio)
All of the over 200 short stories translated by the groundbreaking Constance Garnett, listed in order and readable online. ibiblio is a project of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
Search America’s historic newspaper pages, 1789-1963, or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find info about American newspapers published 1690-present. Good path to primary sources.

Civil Rights Digital Library
Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings about the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

C-SPAN Video Library
Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by subject, speaker names, titles, policy groups, keywords, and location. C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) was created as a public service by the cable industry.

ClinicalTrials (National Library of Medicine)
A database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (Princeton University)
 An open-access site for the ongoing publication of Einstein’s massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents.

The Collection | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This diverse collection of images spans 30 centuries of historic and contemporary physical design (the design of objects).  Most in the public domain.

The Collective Biographies of Women (University of Virginia)
Annotated bibliographies of a growing archive of texts and resources featuring individual women. Featured subjects, browse, search. “Retrieve books rich in varied names, portraits, and stories, from the famous to the obscure.”

Legislative Information from the Library of Congress. Full-text federal legislation, committee reports, bill summaries & text, status, Congressional Record, roll call votes, House & Senate Calendars, Committee reports, and more.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees, and their staff. Includes CRS reports from the mid-1970s through the present,covering a variety of topics from agriculture to foreign policy to welfare.

Constitute (University of Texas at Austin)
The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search & Compare.” A resource for learning about and relating the constitutions of most countries of the world. Started by the Comparative Constitutions Project at UT-A; now supported by many agencies and institutions.

Consumer Product Information Database. (NIEHS, NIH, U.S. Public Health Service, Dept of Health & Human Services, DeLima Associates)
Health effects of consumer products. Search by: Products, Manufacturers, Chemicals, Product Categories and Product Types.

Court Listener
Contains daily information regarding all opinions issued by the 13 federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (U. of California Santa Barbara Library)
All types of recordings from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including popular songs, vaudeville acts, classical and operatic music, comedic monologues, ethnic and foreign recordings, speeches, and readings. Useful primary source.


Database of Learning Assessments (UNESCO)
A data source to provide standardized information on public examinations and national learning assessments conducted around the world.

Data.gov (U.S General Services Administration)
Datasets from all levels of government. Under the “Topics” section, browse datasets under the “Topics” section.

DailyMed – Health (National Library of Medicine)
Trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection (Stanford University)
Rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Over 150,000 items.

Department of Energy OpenNet System
Easy, timely access to hundreds of thousands of bibliographic references and recently declassified documents including papers on the Manhattan Project.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD; National Library of Medicine)
Information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. From the National Institutes of Health.

Digital Collections (National Library of Medicine)
Contains research material on subjects such as Medicine in the Americas, 1610–1920, and more contemporary topics such as HIV/AIDS, birth control, and drug use. Includes an extensive range of miscellaneous NLM publications and productions.

Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (State Educational Technology Directors Association, SETDA)
State and territory policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials in K-12 education.

Digital Transgender Archive (College of the Holy Cross)
Purpose is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.

Disaster Information Management Research Center (National Library of Medicine)
Provides quick access to background and reference information on different types of disasters, preparedness, and response tools.

Discovering Literature (British Library)
Provides immersive experiences into different periods of British literature, focusing on the social, cultural and political context of iconic and less-know works. Contains thematic essays, biographical sketches, featured articles and images.

Drug Industry Documents (UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management)
“An archive of documents created by major pharmaceutical companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research.

Drug Information Portal (National Library of Medicine)
Gateway to current and accurate drug information.


Early Modern English Drama (EMED, Folger Shakespeare Library)
A digital anthology of early modern English plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries (1576-1642), illuminating an extraordinary era of artistic ferment. Browse or search online; download in a variety of formats. Full texts of many plays in original spelling, plus some regularized forms.

The Earth Institute (Columbia University)
Brings physical scientists together with experts in economics, law, public health and policy, the institute to create collaborations that help address issues of global sustainability.

Emblematica Online (University of Illinois)
Draws from the most important collections of emblematica around the world. Emblems are concise yet potent combinations of texts and images that invite, and require, decoding. They reveal the mentalities and attitudes of c.1500-1800 in an assemblage of texts and images.

EM-DAT, the International Disaster Database (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters)
Core data on the occurrence and effects of over 18,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, NGOs, and is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness.

Encyclopedia of Concise Concepts by Women Philosophers (Paderborn University)
Concisely analytical entries (usually 300 words or less), arranged by concept, written by recognized women philosophic experts and passed through a blind peer-review. Starting collection is about 100 concepts, like pain, self-interest, states’ rights. Each article will be continuously updated with links to the sources cited by scholars.

Encyclopedia of Earth (Editors at Encyclopedia of Life)
An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. Content for this open-source wiki is contributed and edited by a large community of scholar-professionals.

Encyclopedia of Life (Editors at Encyclopedia of Life)
Towards a world species database: information and pictures of all species known to science, plant and animal. Supported by a consortium of research, library, and museum institutions.

Endangered Species (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Just about everything anyone might need to know about the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Laws and Policies section contains legal references and government documents about endangered species. Access to Fish and Wildlife Service’s profiles on animals and plants protected under the ESA.

Promotes high-quality, gender equitable sexual and reproductive healthcare internationally. Includes publications, articles, videos and additional resources.  Organized by topic and country.

Entrepreneurship Corner (Stanford U.)
Stanford’s “e-corner” video library. Offers 3000 free videos and podcasts featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

Europe PMC (European PubMed Central, European Bioinformatics Institute)
Life science and biomedical research from trusted sources around the globe, with special emphasis on COVID-19 research.  A partner to PubMed Central.  Easily searchable, including searching abstracts and full text in one search. 

Every CRS Report (Demand Progress)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a division of the Library of Congress, is Congress’s think tank, researching and compiling nonpartisan reports on a governmental issues. This site, with bi­partisan support, make these reports available to the public. Updated regularly.

Evidence Based Living Blog (Cornell U.)
Help separating the good scientific information from the bad. These posts assess the scientific evidence on human problems and look at how to use that evidence every day.

Environmental Health and Toxicology (National Library of Medicine)
A starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. The Decision Guide helps select the right resource.


Fashion Photography Archive (Bloomsbury)
Over 750,000 runway, backstage, and street style images (when complete). Articles and audio- video resources provide context and analysis from scholars and commentators. Covers international runway shows 1970s-2000, including key designers such as McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, and Galliano.

FBI Records – The Vault
Thousands of documents FBI has declassified over many decades.

Federal Digital System (FDsys, via GPO)
America’s authentic government information. Search or browse Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Bills, Public Papers of the Presidents, and the like. Includes FDsys Tutorials.

The Forest of Rhetoric / Silva Rhetoricae (Brigham Young U.)
Award-winning resource for making sense of rhetoric, both micro (terms, definitions) and macro (purposes, historical patterns, evolutions).   

FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
An online database consisting of more than 381,000 economic data time series from 81 national, international, public, and private sources.

FedWorld (Supreme Court Decisions)
Search and View Full Text of Supreme Court Decisions issued between 1937 and 1975.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.
Episodes of Firing Line, the longest-running TV public affairs show with a single host, William F. Buckley, Jr. From 1966 to 1999, the series was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day.

Streaming access to a large collection of documentary films on American folk-roots cultures. Essays about traditions and filmmakers, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Browse by subject, region, and so on.

Follow the Money (National Institute on Money in Politics)
A nonprofit, non-partisan organization reveals the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.

Food and Agriculture Organization statistical database (FAOSTAT, United Nations)
Over 1 million time-series records of international statistics on: production, trade, food-balance sheets, food aid shipments, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, agricultural machinery, population, and more.

Forgotten Heritage (Creative Europe and partners)
Digitized archives of European artists (and their works) of the avant-garde movement in the second half of the 20th  century.

Founders Online (Founding Fathers Papers projects)
Correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the U.S.: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 174,000 searchable documents, fully annotated.

Freedom in the 50 States (Cato Institute)
A completely revised and updated ranking of American states based on how their policies promote freedom in individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. An online companion to the print books, based on libertarian principles.


Genetics Home Reference (National Library of Medicine)
Provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health. A National Library of Medicine database.

Get The Research (Our Reseach & Arcadia Fund)
An OA discovery engine that is open source and designed for ease of use the outputs of scholarly research.  Well partnered and engaged with the community.

Global Database on the Right To Education (UNESCO)
Contains documents, constitutions, laws, decrees as well as educational programs and plans. Search options include selecting a country region, or language.

globalEDGE (International Business Center, Michigan State University)
Business research source. Country- and industry-focused with interactive heat maps, overviews, statistics. Good tutorials on international business.

The Global Medieval Sourcebook (Stanford U.)
An interactive collection of medieval texts and their translations. It primarily features shorter texts – never before translated into English – and offers non-experts a gateway into the literature of the Middle Ages.

Global Middle Ages (U. of Texas, U. of Minnesota, other partners)
An interactive map-based resource to show the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE. Read the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationship that change across deep time.

Global Stat (European University Institute)
Publicly available statistical information from over 100 sources on globalization, sustainability, and human development. Search on a range of topics including income distribution, energy consumption, water resources, dwellings, migration, land use, food production, nutrition, school enrollment, and life expectancy; and create data visualizations.

Google Arts & Culture
An online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in partner museums. Virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore context of artworks, and compile your own virtual collection.  Formerly The Art Project.

Google Dataset Search
Enables users to find datasets stored across the Web through a simple keyword search.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang (Jonathan Green)
A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language that covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Totaling 10.3 million words and over 53,000 entries, the collection provides the definitions of 100,000 words and over 413,000 citations. Every word and phrase is authenticated by genuine and fully-referenced citations of its use, giving the work a level of authority and scholarship unmatched by any other publication in this field.

Grey Literature
Unconventional and sometimes ephemeral, outside the realm of academic or commercial publishing, the collection encompasses reports, theses, working documents, conference proceedings, technical specs, standard non-commercial translations, bibliographies, technical documents, official documents not published commercially, and government reports.

OpenGrey (European Assn for Grey Literature Exploitation)
Covers science, technology, biomedical science, economics, social science, and humanities in Europe.

GreyNet International (Library of Confress Business Reference Services)
Working papers and reports on business, economics, and law.

Gun Violence Archive
Compiles data about gun violence including interactive maps and links to congressional reports. GVA is an independent data collection and research group with no affiliation with any advocacy organization.

HHall of Justice (Sunlight Foundation)
A robust, searchable inventory of publicly available criminal justice datasets and research, in support of government and political accountability.  

Harvard Open Collections Program
New virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories; focuses on historical materials that are often unique.

HealthData (U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services)
Find datasets on a wide range of topics, including environmental health, medical devices, Medicare & Medicaid, social services, community health, mental health, and substance abuse.

Health IT Best Practices (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality AHRQ)
Develops and disseminates evidence to inform policy on how health information technology can improve the quality of health care.

History of Mass Tourism (Adam Matthew)
Insights into 19th- and 20th-century leisure travel and the growth of tourism for the masses, c.1850–1980s. Covering travel to all continents, the resource provides the average traveler with a broad overview of the destinations. Focus on the United States, Britain, and Europe.

The Holocaust (Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center)
In-depth information about the Holocaust, including various holocaust-era documents (letters and diaries) in English. Testimonies from Holocaust survivors.  Includes a database of Shoah victims searchable by name, geography, or chronology.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL: U.S. Dept. of Defense, Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directories; FEMA; and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security)
Over 81,000 documents about homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.


IDEAS: Economic & Financial Research (Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Hundreds of thousands of research items to browse, search, or download in full text. This site is part of a large volunteer effort to enhance the free dissemination of research in economics.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)
Focuses on the self-motivated activities of peoples of African descent to remake themselves and their worlds. Grouped by 13 defining migrations (2 coerced slave migrations and 11 voluntary movements).  Timeline, images, text, maps, source material, and educational material.

Institute for Natural Resources (Oregon State U.)
Portal for scientific information, research findings, and GIS data about the state of Oregon.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Conducts and communicates independent research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Many types of publications, including reports, issue statements, tools, data, events, and presentations, all free.

International Food Policy Research Institute
Think tank on solutions to “sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition.” Large range of publications types and research and other materials.

International Justice Resource Center
A non-profit human rights organization that shares essential information, skills, and guidance with advocates and victims around the world to help them achieve justice and accountability for human rights violations using international law.

International Monetary Fund Videos (IMF)
More than 1,000 short-form videos, generally under 5 minutes. Categories include: countries and regions, economic outlook, speeches and interviews, topics and issues, among others.

International Music Score Library Project (aka Petrucci Music Library)
A Creative Commons/MediaWiki database dedicated to sharing scores, recordings, and literature about music in the public domain. 

Internet Archive
Non-profit, free digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and other materials. Access for the print disabled. Funded by a collection of government agencies and charitable non-profits. Mission: provide universal access to all knowledge. Billions of items.

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television (Television Academy Foundation)
800 oral history interviews (over 4000 hours) with the legends of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV history as it evolves. Browse interviews by person, show, topic or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.


Jewish Women’s Archive
The world’s largest collection of information on Jewish women. Collections provide historical context for contemporary Jewish women’s issues.  Includes primary and secondary sources, an encyclopedia and biographies, photographs, and so on.


Khan Academy
Free learning on subjects such as math, science, art, economics, computer science, and more.  Supported by several academic organizations and charitable non-profits.

King Institute Encyclopedia
Provides access to the sermons, speeches, correspondence, writings, and other source material of and about Dr. Martin Luther King.


LAW Advocates (Legal Assistance by Whatcom)
Free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom and Island counties, through the volunteer service of local lawyers, paralegals, students, and communities.

Legal Information Institute (LII, from Cornell Law School)
LII publishes law online, for free, and creates materials that help people understand law.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
View maps and photos; read letters, diaries, newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings; watch historic films.

  • Webcomics includes award-winning comics (Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, Eagle Awards, and Shuster Awards) as well as those of significance in the field due to longevity, reputation, and subject matter. Includes work by artists and subjects not traditionally represented in mainstream comics, including women artists and characters, artists and characters of color, LGBTQ+ artists and characters, and topics such as politics, health and human sexuality, and autobiography.
  • Sigmund Freud Papers
    Documents Freud’s founding of psychoanalysis, the maturation of psychoanalytic theory, the refinement of its clinical technique, and the proliferation of its adherents and critics. Many facets of Freud’s life and work are reflected, including his early medical and clinical training; relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients; association with early psychoanalytic societies; perspectives on analytical training; and numerous writings.
  • Benjamin Franklin Papers
    The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items, including the petition that the First Continental Congress sent to Franklin to deliver to King George III, and letterbooks Franklin kept as he negotiated the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War.

LOC: American Memory (Library of Congress)
A gateway to vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Organized into 39 thematic collections including Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938After the Day of Infamy: “Man-on-the-Street” Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl HarborCentury of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875.

Library of Congress YouTube Playlists
Almost 4,000  entertaining and educational videos, including Selections from the National Film RegistryVeterans History ProjectAmerica at Work, America at Leisure.

Little Sis (Public Accountability Initiative)
A free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations, in order to “bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions.”


Map of White Supremacy mob violence, 1835–1964
An open-source, interactive, thoroughly documented database of racism events. In the century after the Civil War, as many as 5000 people of color were executed—not by courts, but by mobs on the street who believed the cause of white supremacy.

The Media Manipulation Casebook (The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Harvard Kennedy School)
Offers a collection of case studies detailing disinformation events and how they disseminate online.

Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)
Searchable information in easy-to-read language (both Spanish and English) includes health-wellness, disorders, conditions, drugs-supplements, genetics, medical tests, medical encyclopedia, healthful recipes, COVID-19.  Excellent educational materials, videos, and tools.  Browsable by body system, condition, diagnosis, demographics, and the like.

MedPix (National Library of Medicine)
Over 53,000 indexed and curated images, from over 13,000 patients. Integrating images and textual information, the content material is organized by disease location (organ system), pathology category, patient profiles, and by image classification and caption.

The Mike Wallace Interview (Harry Ransom Center, U. of Texas at Austin)
Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958: a series of compelling, revealing interviews with some of the most interesting and important people of the day. Each program includes a text transcript. Available interviewees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali among other notables of the time.

Minor White Archive (Princeton University Art Museum)
Photographer Minor White’s digitial archive. Search starting at its search page and, once there, either enter search terms or browse by subject or location. You’ll see why, in American photographic art, Minor was very much major.

The MLA Style Center (Modern Language Association)
Writing resources including curricular supports on plagiarism, information on MLA style, sample papers, and research tips.

The Modernist Journals Project (Brown and Tulsa Universities)
A major resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern.

Moving Image Archive (Internet Archive)
The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by Archive users. They range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, cartoons, and concerts. Also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of ephemeral films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) in existence.

Musical Instruments Museum Online (MIMO)
The world’s largest freely accessible database for information on musical instruments held in public collections. A consortium of several European museums and the European Commission.


National Agricultural Library (USDA)
Collections on agricultural law, animal welfare act, funding for rural communities, food nutrient data, obesity prevention, and herbal information.

National Alliance To End Homelessness
Research and data toward solutions to homelessness. Datasets, infographics, publications, toolkits, reports, and webinars.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (National Institute of Health)
Research and information about complementary health products and practices.

National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)
The U.S.’s principal health statistics agency. Includes compilations of statistics to guide actions, plus policies to improve health. Detailed statistics on vital records (births, deaths, life expectancy), health status indicators for populations, provider surveys, historical records, and more.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
An information clearinghouse for research, policy, and practice, for criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. Summaries of federal, state, and local government reports, books, research, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institute of Health)
NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences. Publications include DrugFacts (plain language research summaries on major drugs of abuse), resources for research clinicians, teens and the like. 

National Jukebox (Library of Congress)
Over 10,000 historical sound recordings from 1901 to 1925. These recordings, which span genres like opera, whistling (its own category), novelty songs, speeches, and everything in between, are fantastic examples of what is possible when you combine rich historical archives and the internet.

NLM Digital Collections (National Library of Medicine)
Historical and modern biomedical resources include texts, film, photographs, and software. Included are presentations, scientist profiles, and training materials.  Themes include medicine in the Americas 1610–1920, cholera 1817–1900, World War 1 1914–1918, health policy and services research, tropical diseases, wartime public health films, and so on.

NLM History of Medicine (National Library of Medicine)
Historical material on health and disease spanning ten centuries, such as the earliest anatomical drawings and the papers of Nobel Prize winning researchers, U.S. Surgeons General, and leaders in the fields of medicine and public health.  Audiovisuals, prints, photographs, printed works, born-digital content like websites, blogs, social media.  

National and State Libraries (Wikipedia)
Great places to look for primary sources, especially in libraries’ digital collections. This list links to the Wikipedia entries for the libraries, which can help direct you within some very large national libraries. A link to the actual national library is at the end of each entry, under External Links. Includes links to Wikipedia pages for state libraries of some countries and a link to a list of U.S. state libraries.

National Security Archive (National Security Archive) 
“The National Security Archive combines: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of (the largest collection of) declassified U.S. documents.”

NPS History Electronic Library (NPShistory.com: Harold Butowsky and Randall Payne)
Electronic publications and videos on the history of the National Park Service and the cultural and natural history of our national parks, monuments, and historic sites. A window into the historical richness of America’s perceptions of preservation and natural resources. Scope is historical, not travel planning.  RUSA 2016 award winner.

Native Case Studies (Evergreen [WA] State College)
A robust, cross-disciplinary set of case studies written by Indigenous peoples in PNW and nationally on issues important to Native communities.  Hundreds of case studies; access A-Z, by discipline, by theme, or by tribe; superb primary sources.

Native Land (Native Land Digital)
An interactive map (work in progress) describing traditional territories of native peoples in the Americas, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.  Explore by territory, language, and treaty.  A useful primary source.  INcludes resources for thinking critically about the map.

Native Voices (National Library of Medicine)
Explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. “Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness.” 

NatureServe (NatureServe Network)
A collaboration of scientists, conservationists, and environmentalists that provides the scientific basis for conservation actions by collecting data and transforming it into knowledge products.  Publications, programs, datasets, data tools, and decision support services on biodiversity science and conservation.

NEPAssist (EPA)
Facilitates environmental review and project planning. Draws data dynamically from EPA’s Geographic Information System databases and web services and provides immediate screening of environmental assessment indicators for a user-defined area of interest.

News on Screen (British Universities Film & Video Council, BUFVC)
Find out what made the news in the 20th century. Contains 180,000 British cinemagazine and newsreel stories (1910-1983) linked to production documents and films.

Noba Project (Diener Education Fund/DEF)
Teaching and learning materials for psychology, made available under Creative Commons licensing: customize Noba textbooks or build your own. Signon required.


iLibrary (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD)
Features books,  papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. 

Office of Research on Women’s Health (NIH)
Information and access to health/medical information resources on sex and gender differences, basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources.

Official Records Databases – States (Government Documents Round Table, GODORT)
A listing of databases of records, mostly official, kept by states and their political subdivisions, providing historical information on individuals. Some of what you’ll find here includes birth and death records, war pensions, cemetery markers, and so on.  Discontinued but archival info and referral links are useful.

Open Research Library (Knowledge Unlatched/BiblioLabs)
Includes all Open Access scholarly book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books. This comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed Open Access books will be openly accessible for everyone. Libraries investing in the Open Research Library contribute to the development of a vital infrastructure for the global research community, while participating libraries have the opportunity to benefit from a set of exclusive services.

The Open Commons of Phenomenology
Free access to the full corpus of phenomenology-relevant materials or research of quality related to phenomenology. Phenomenology is defined here inclusively as any work in philosophy or in other human sciences clearly connected with the ideas of  the “canonical phenomenologists.”

Open Government Resource Manual (Washington State)
Describes Washington’s open government laws as of the last update in 2016.  Previously updated in 2015.  Be aware that court decisions issued or statutes enacted after the last revised date of the manual or a particular chapter may impact the law as summarized here.

Open Knowledge Repository – Econ (World Bank)
Thousands of research works on global development.

Open Parks Network (Clemson University, National Parks System, and Institute of Museum and Library Services)
More than 20 national parks and other protected sites are represented in these collections, as well as 2 state park systems and 3 university libraries.

OpenSecrets.org (Center for Responsive Politics)
A nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Includes resources for campaign contributions, lobbying data, and analysis.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
World’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization: 57 nations in Europe, Central Asia, and North America. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, promotion of human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections. Many resources on these topics.

OSTI.gov (Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy)
DOE science, energy, technology, and engineering research results: over 70 years of research results and over 3 million records. Public access to findings from the 17 DOE research centers. Journal articles, technical reports, research datasets, scientific software, patents, conference papers, books, theses, multimedia.

Our World in Data (Oxford University and Max Roser)
Understand the world’s largest problems and how living conditions are changing. Covers a wide range of topics across many academic disciplines: trends in health, food provision, the growth and distribution of incomes, violence, rights, wars, culture, energy use, education, and environmental changes are empirically analyzed and visualized in this web publication. 

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford University)
Long-form overview articles written and edited by scholars and researchers addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Subscription-based, but collections in free disciplines include African history, Asian history, business and managements, education, natural hazard science, neuroscience, psychology; anthropology, economics and finance, global public health, physics, and planetary science.

Oyez Project (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
A multimedia archive of the U.S. Supreme Court. Complete, authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.


Paperity (EBSCO, OCLC WorldDat, Altmetric, Strike Plagiarism.com, Plagiat.pl)
The first multi-disciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers, both gold (direct from publisher) and hybrid (some articles open access). Almost 1,750,000 papers and almost 5,000 journals.

Partners in Public Health
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries that provides timely, convenient access to resources for the public health workforce; also of immense value for anyone dealing with public health agencies or services.

Patient Safety Network (PSNet, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
Weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings (Current Issue); and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety (PSNet Collection).

PBS: American Experience (PBS, WGBH)
Complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS historical documentary series. The series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.

PBS: Learning Media (PBS)
Provides educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. More than 114,000 research-based instructional resources, including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.  Example topics include centripetal force, counting to 11, media literacy, world religions.

Selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning.

PBS: POV Films (PBS and a long list of supporters)
“Documentaries with a point of view,” since 1988. Documentaries often by independent filmmakers, known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling, and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

PEN America Digital Archive (Pen America)
More than 50 years of cultural programming at the intersection of literature and freedom of expression advocacy, dating back to 1966. Audio and video recordings.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia (Library of Congress)
Music, theater, and dance. Access to the Library’s unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials.

Pentagon Papers: Vietnam War (National Archives and Records Administration)
“Forty years after they were first leaked, the Pentagon Papers were finally declassified and publicly released . . . All 7,000 pages of the famed, highly critical report examining two decades of U.S. involvement in Vietnam were published, unredacted, by the National Archives and Records Administration, ending a saga that was a watershed development in an unpopular war and an important case on First Amendment rights.”

Perseus Digital Library Project (Tufts University)
Classical Greek and Roman materials, including including primary and secondary texts, site plans, digital images, and maps. Also, materials from the English Renaissance, the history of science, early California history, the Chesapeake Bay area, and the U.S. Midwest.

PLANTS Database (USDA)
Standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Policy Archive (Center for Governmental Studies)
A comprehensive digital library of global, non-partisan public policy research containing over 30,000 documents. 

POPLINE (K4Health)
Comprehensive collection of population, family planning, and related reproductive health and development literature. Includes information on population and family planning, specifically research in contraceptive methods, family planning services, research in human fertility, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS in developing countries, program operations and evaluation, demography, and other related health, law, and policy issues.

Prison Policy Initiative (Peter Wagner)
Unique content about the negative effects of “mass incarceration” and other prison practices on U.S. society, with a focus on advocacy for justice reform.

Information on controversial socio-political (and other) issues in a straightforward, non-partisan, and primarily pro-con format. “Understand the issues. Understand each other.” Procon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity supported by many donors.

Project Gutenberg 
Over 57,000 free ebooks: epub books and kindle books, digitized by volunteers. Download eBooks or read them online. The world’s great literature, with a focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Founded by Michael S. Hart, the inventor of eBooks, with a mission to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.

Project Vox (Duke University Libraries)
Provide students at all levels with the materials they need to begin exploring the rich philosophical ideas of early modern women philosophers (roughly 1600-1800), previously a much-neglected group. Includes an interactive timeline and in-depth biographical sketches of several major early modern women philosophers.

PubAg (USDA)
USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research. Over 42,000 full-text journal articles by USDA staff, with over 1 million citations.

Public Library of Law (Fastcase)
PLoL is a free virtual library of case law plus regulatory and other legal information. Includes statutes, constitutions, and court rules for all 50 states. Created by a fee-based legal research company.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnical Information)
Biomedical and life sciences literature with the aim of improving health, both globally and personally. More than 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. While it doesn’t include full-text journal resources, links to full text are often present from other sources, such as the publisher’s website or PubMed Central (PMC).  Consider also Hubmed, a simplified one-line search interface to PubMed data.

PubSpace (National Library of Medicine)
Peer-reviewed scientific (and especially biomedical) papers resulting from NASA-funded research. NASA advances the nation’s space exploration, technology development, and scientific research endeavors, providing a scientific infrastructure.

Public Library of Science
A nonprofit science, technology, and medicine publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. Content areas include general science (PLOS One), earth science, ecology-environment, engineering-technology, people and places, physical science, research methods and policy, and social sciences. Over 200,000 full-text journal articles.

PubMed Special Queries (National Library of Medicine)
A search interface for specific types of queries such as: clinical queries, clinical study categories, systemic reviews, comparative effectiveness research, and many more.


Rare Disease Database (National Organization for Rare Disorders, NORD) 
For patients and their families, brief introductions to more than 1,200 rare diseases. Five free reports per week.

Regulations.gov (EPA eRulemaking Program, cross-agency)
Source for U.S. government regulations from about 300 federal agencies. You can view a description of every proposed and final federal regulation currently open for comment, read the full text of the regulation, and submit your comments to the federal agencies.

Reith Lectures (BBC)
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC’s flagship annual lecture series. Podcasts and videos from leading scientists, historians,  philosophers, and artists to “advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.” Includes Bertrand Russell, Robert Oppenheimer, Stephen Hawking, Atul Gawande, many more.

Resources for Reproducible Research
Presentations, tutorials, posters, recordings to support reproducibility in research.


ScienceCinema (U.S. DOE, Ofc. of Scientific and Technical Info.)
Scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy. With innovative audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research, you can search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files.

The Presidency (Miller Center of Public Affairs, U. of Virginia)
A unique collection of multimedia material on U.S. presidential policy. Includes streaming video of State of the Union addresses from Kennedy to Obama and more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, Miller Center Forums, and documents about the executive branch of American government.

Security Video Library (SearchSecurity)
Free lessons on security topics including cloud security, data protection, IAM, compliance, etc. Also find white papers, webcasts, podcasts, videos, research reports, and so on.

Shakespeare Documented (Folger Shakespeare Library)
A partnership of well over 20 British institutions and the largest, most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). All known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter.

Shakespeare Performance Database (British Universities Film and Video Council, BUFVC)
An international database of Shakespeare on film, television, video, and radio, from the 1890s to the present day.

SHARE (Assn. of Research Libraries, Center for Open Science)
Free open datasets of research

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data. SHARE builds its dataset by gathering, cleaning, linking, and enhancing metadata that describes research activities and outputs—data management plans, grant proposals, preprints, presentations, journal articles, and research data.

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (Carnegie Mellon University Libraries)
A visual, conceptual, and interactive treat. A unified, systematized digital representation of the way people in early modern England were connected: an early modern social network (EMSN) that scholars and students from all over the world can collaboratively expand, revise, curate, and critique. Historians and literary critics have long studied the ways that early modern people associated with each other and participated in various kinds of formal and informal groups. Created by data-mining existing scholarship that describes relationships among early modern persons, documents, and institutions.

Spare Rib Archives (British Library)
An active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century (1972-1993). This now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced.

Soilx: From the Earth to the Clouds
An information service for soil types and soil sites across Canada. Its database of soil sites is spatially searchable, and you can view detailed information on each one.

Song of America
A comprehensive archive of American song that tells the story of the culture and the nation, through the eyes of poets and the ears of composers.

Stanford Health Video Library (Stanford University)
Prominent doctors presenting the latest health research.

State Agency Databases  (Government Documents Roundtable wiki, GODORT)
Databases from government agencies in every state, of useful information on businesses, licensed professionals, jobs, health, history, plots of land, even dates of fish stocking, and many other topics. “We’ve chased across fifty state web sites so you don’t have to!”

State Health Facts (Kaiser Family Foundation)
A user-friendly site to find and compare health data at the state level on a number of health aspects: demographics, healthcare costs, insurance, Medicaid-Medicare, women and minorities, and the like.

Stem Cell Information (National Institutes of Health)
A basic overview of stem cells and their potential uses, plus access to Clinical Trials.  Historical materials in the Scientific Archive are also available.


Thanhouser Films Online (Thanhouser Company)
More than 50 early films that you can view for free: a representative cross section of films from the early film production giant Thanhouser film enterprise, New Rochelle, N.Y., 1910-1917. Each film has a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (Emory University)
Comprehensive database of 36,000 slaving voyages. Includes names of ships, captains, origin, and destination. Includes the African Names Database.

Transnational Company Agreements Database (International Labour Org., European Commission)
All transnational company agreements and texts identified and cataloged by the European Commission, plus sheets with details on every company and agreement.

Transportation Research Board (TRB; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
Publications and online resources to improve transportation, including expert assistance to develop solutions to problems and issues facing transportation professionals and advice through policy studies. 

Truth Tobacco Industry Documents (University of California San Francisco)
Fourteen million documents created by tobacco companies about their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, scientific research, and political activities.

TVNews (Internet Archive)
Collects and preserves television news. Almost 2 million news programs (since 2009) from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired; older materials also being added.


UN iLibrary (United Nations Secretariat)
The comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the UN (publications, journals, data, and series, 70% in English).  Browse by theme (20 categories describing global issues like human rights and migration, environment, refugees, public health) or by country.

United Nations Data
Search a number of UN statistical databases at once, from all UN member nations, on commodities, agriculture, health, greenhouse gases, development, gender, labor, population, tourism, food security, and so on.


  • Food Composition Database (USDA)
    National nutrient database and branded foods database: nutrition details on more than 80,000 name-brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores. Search by food item, food group, or manufacturer’s name.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service / FSIS (USDA)
    Facts about topics from safe food handling to inspection and labeling requirements. Covers meat, poultry, and egg products. Reports on microbial contaminants and FSIS data collection and testing procedures as well.

UW-Madison Libraries Digital Collections (University of Wisconsin)
Millions of images, pages, sound recordings, and so on from the University, the state of Wisconsin, and the world. Contains 57 separate digital collections on many topics including history, science, and the arts.


Vision of Britain through Time (University of Portsmouth and others)
A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Maps, statistical trends, and historical descriptions.

Voices of the Manhattan Project (Oral History) (Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society)
Five hundred audio/visual interviews with Manhattan Project workers and their families, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie R. Groves, Glenn Seaborg, Hans and Rose Bethe, George and Vera Kistiakowsky, and many others. 


WGBH Open Vault (WGBH)
Unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all available for individual and classroom learning.

WolframAlpha (Stephen Wolfram)
A new way to get knowledge and answers—not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. Many subjects. Very useful for math and engineering. Free version provided by WolframAlpha, a computational intelligence company.

Women Working, 1800-1930 (Harvard University open collections)
Access to digitized books (3500+); manuscripts, pamphlets, diaries, and memoirs (over 7500 pages); and images (1200+) on women in the U.S. economy, 1800-1930.  Useful primary sources.

World Bank Data (World Bank)
Includes World Development Indicators (WDI), Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), etc.

World Digital Library (Library of Congress)
Significant primary materials from all countries and cultures, in multilingual format. Includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and films. Browse by place, time, topic, type of item, language, and contributing institution. Very useful primary sources.

World Inequity Database (World Inequality Lab)
OA database of the world’s historical and current distribution of wealth and incomes within and between countries. The World Inequality Lab aims to promote research on global inequality dynamics.